According to my very honest critic, Patrick, these Herbed Gruyere Scalloped Potatoes & Bacon Au Gratin are not “good.”
The are not “so good,” “really good” or “way good.”
They are not “amazing.”
And in case you are wondering, when Patrick dubs a recipe, “Insane!” – its a very, very good thing.
Thin layers of tender potatoes, bacon and onions drowned in cream that has been simmered with fresh herbs and then topped with bubbly golden Gruyere cheese. The whole thing – it just gets me.
I absolutely love scalloped potatoes but none of the recipes I have ever tried have lived up to my expectations – Until I created this one. As you might have noticed, I usually don’t cook with heavy cream and I usually don’t cook with slightly more expensive cheeses, but when you are trying to perfect INSANE scalloped potatoes for special occasions (LIKE FATHER’S DAY! – you can read more about my incredible Dad, here), its a time to indulge.
So if you are tempted to substitute a different cheese for Gruyere – it just wont’ be the same. Because Gruyere cheese is sweet, slightly salty, creamy, nutty – in short, it belongs in these Herbed Gruyere Scalloped Potatoes & Bacon Au Gratin – thus the name. The Gruyere combined with the simmered herbs are what push these scalloped potatoes from “ordinary” to “insane.”
And what is even better – simmering takes no effort! You simply toss all of the herbs and spices in with the cream and let them simmer while you peel and slice your potatoes. Layer your cream, potatoes, onions, bacon and cheese a few times and then bake – and in 1 hour you have the most gourmet tasting, insane scalloped potatoes you have ever sunk your teeth into – in your entire life!
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